Children’s summer camps and wilderness programs for boys and girls in the United…

Posts By Hank Birdsong

December 1, 2017

Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America

There are more than 8,000 residential summer camps in the United States and Canada. Picking the best one from so many may seem like a huge task. Follow the “top-ten” list below and you will find the best camp for your child. It may not be the same camp I’d choose for my son or that your neighbor would... Read More

November 20, 2017

The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them, Jack Andraka, and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, many of which speak to the benefits of summer camp. Camp is Great for Scientific Exploration, but Support Starts at Home... Read More

June 27, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (8) – An Overview of Summer Camp Accreditation

This is the eighth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. Accreditation Helps Confirm Credibility of a Summer Camp When looking for a camp it’s important to know how the program is evaluated and improved over time. Many camps are members of organizations that provide standards for the industry and educational opportunities... Read More

June 18, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (7) – The Staff Makes the Camp

This is the seventh article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. Why a Great Camp Staff Is Important When choosing your family’s summer camp, consider the camp’s staff.  Most administrators will tell you that having the best facility and equipment is meaningless without an outstanding staff. Good counselors can inspire campers to... Read More

June 12, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (6) – Camp size matters

This is the sixth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider its Size The “size” of a summer camp can mean the size of the facility or how many campers it can accommodate. Enjoy the Outdoors Many of the established traditional camps are lucky enough to... Read More

June 4, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (5) – Consider the Location

This is the fifth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Location Part of a quality summer experience is the opportunity for kids to feel a bit of independence from home. If the location is too close to home, part of the adventure may be... Read More

May 30, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (4) – Consider the Cost of Summer Camp

This is the fourth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Cost When I first attended Scout camp in 1968, the cost was less than $20 per week. I had a great experience and went back year after year. Once I became a staff... Read More

May 21, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (3) – Consider the Camp Program

This is the third article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing, Consider the Camp’s Program What sort of experience are you looking for? There are high adventure camps, traditional ones with a wide range of activities, dance camps, skateboarding, football, computer, and the list goes on. The length of the... Read More

May 17, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (2) – Consider the Camp Philosophy

This is the second article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Philosophy. Every summer camp has a philosophy, and each is different from other camps. Some summer camps are strictly for fun and entertainment and others have a definite educational goal. Some camps use... Read More

March 10, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (1) – Choosing the right summer camp is a family decision

I was listening to a syndicated radio show as the host said how awful it is to send your kids away to summer camp. I agree. “Sending kids to camp” against their wishes is not the right way to begin a positive and enriching camp experience. When you choose a summer camp, include your child in the decision. Picking... Read More